Summer



Summer is almost over and it will soon be time to pack up our backpacks with school supplies, and head off to school. The vacations to the beach, the new and exciting experiences, the chance to rest our minds and bodies; and the chance to enjoy life in slow motion is what summer is all about. But now that summer is coming to an end, I wish it could last forever.

One of my favorite things about summer is the brilliant colors that are on display: the bright oranges, soft pinks, purples, blues and the bold reds and majestic yellows that elegantly sweep the morning and night time sky. When I look at the summer sky, I can’t help but think about the wonders of the earth. How could all this come from nothing? The artistry of the summer sky was definitely not created from a massive, unplanned explosion—but by the careful, precise craftsman ship of God.

For some strange reason food always tastes better in the summer. I don’t know if it’s because the heat drains us of our energy and makes us hungry, or the food is just that good! My favorite thing to eat in the summer are Hamburgers and fries—also known as soul food! I can already imagine being outside with family and friends BBQing. There’s potato salad, coleslaw, baked beans, Hamburgers, Hot Dogs and the choice of fries or chips, plus sodas, water and really sugary tea. People are gathered around catching up on the latest news, and reminiscing of the good-old-days when everything seemed so simple. I wish life was simpler and that each day was lived to the fullest and not taken for granted— like it often is.

When I think of summer, I think of places around the world that are begging to be visited—or that we’re begging to visit! Summer seems like the perfect time to take a vacation and explore new and interesting sights. Some of the neat sights to visit in the summer, is the Grand Cannon, the Niagara Falls, the Great Smoky Mountains and the Great Salt Lakes. The cool thing about all of these sights is that they weren’t man-made, but were created by God! When you take a trip to one of these marvelous sights, you truly get to see the work behind it all. God has an eye for beauty doesn’t he? Not only did he create us to be beautiful and in his image, but he created the earth and all that inhabits it just as pleasurable to the eye. Not only did He have the eye for beauty, but He had a great sense of humor! When we look at nature we see thing that are catching to the eye, but also things that we find to be funny, like certain animals, flowers, insects, and [we can’t forget] brothers!

When I see summer in full bloom, I see God and think “None of this would be possible, if God had not thought and planned every tiny aspect of our planet out to the tiniest rock on the ground— to the biggest fish in sea.” God is a spectacular artist and planner. When I think of summer and God, I can’t help but think of all the times I have taken both for granted. We have often neglected to see the full beauty of God’s creation because there never seems to be enough time in the day, or we are too preoccupied. But we need to stop and take it all in—it would be a waist of God given beauty to toss it to the way-side and look at it only once or twice a year. God is every where we look—not just in the Bible or at Church, but also in the freedom of the outdoors.

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